Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Helen I am so sorry I nearly missed this!!! We have been busy all day with a pet who passed away and I have not been tending to business!~

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Wine or Drink Labels

A company wants to use one of my hibiscus images on their new drink product, like printing it on labels.  Haven't some of you used printers for this before and if so, whom? Did you do a limited use contract for the image?


I am placing Robert Genn's most recent letter here for us to mull over...it is worth discussing this as it is something we talk about often and it is a problem that repeats itself unless we learn to know ourselves.
Work is not work when work is loved. This thought is affirmed by legions of artists
who have no trouble being motivated. Many get themselves started with the expectation
of joy. But hardly one of us hasn't, at some time, lacked the desire to do so. In my
studio, when there's no joy, there's no work. In studying motivation, I've found at
least three prerequisites that must be present: challenge, process, and the feeling of
progress. Without challenge, the muse dies. If an artist underestimates capability or
goes too long with outworn motifs, interest fades and motivation fails. Complexity,
nuance, even novelty, need to be consciously added to the mix.

Process is the actual bit-by-bit activity that causes the work to unfold. Some of
these bits need to be personal and unique. They can be anti-academic. Style-force
develops out of what you're doing wrong, and the result is ego-force. The artist,
having fallen in love with her own process, shouts convincingly, "It's my stuff and
I'm doing it!" The feelings of progress and growth are above feelings of mere change.
Progress brings refinement, evolution, revelation, and exaltation. You see it in the
work, and the work begets work. Even failures become treasured stepping stones to
further progress.

I've always been fascinated by the conundrum of motivation. Why is it that one time
we're full of moxie, and another time we're dead ducks? "Comes with the territory,"
you might say. I've observed that some artists are masochistic and deliberately shoot
themselves in the hand. For others, the idea is to simply become a "master." Masters
master themselves. They know their own habits, good and bad. They keep on keeping on.
There's a tipping point. When masters willfully step into the studio, prime the pump,
understand and embrace the three prerequisites, they may not easily get things

Best regards,


PS: "Desire is the key to motivation." (Mario Andretti)

Esoterica: Desire is more than a wish--it's a craving. When the artist has the feeling
that the work at hand is worthwhile, in and for its own sake--and temporarily safe
from negative input or jaded critique--then the artist simply craves the work for its
own sake. This state of desire often requires the self-delusion and iconoclasm that
isolation provides. In private times, the tender shoots of desire appear and flourish.
And while desire may prime starting, starting also primes desire.

Monday, July 28, 2014

"Country Clouds" demo from Saturday's watercolor class

Demo from Saturday's watercolor class at Venus Studios Art Supply.  Watercolor 9" x 13" on Arches 300# cold press paper.   SOLD.
See the entire $99 collection  http://dianem1111.fineartstudioonline.com/collections/13769

Sunday, July 27, 2014


I did a collage demonstration yesterday at our local art store. This is one of the demos which I really enjoyed making. Click on the painting to see the details.

Friday, July 25, 2014

"Morning Glorious" oil on canvas on 25-story billboard in Times Square

Here is my "Morning Glorious" oil painting on a 25-story billboard in Times Square last night. Thanks to everyone who voted or bought a T-shirt or postcard to get me there! What a thrill!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sketchbook Skool Week 3

I missed out on week 2 because of the trip to Atlanta, so I will do it when the 6 weeks is up.
 I thought it would be easier than to be behind everybody each week.
This lesson was with Brenda Swenson, and drawing continuous contour lines. We weren't supposed to pick our pen up but is very hard not to. We were supposed to pick 3 objects for the first try, and I ended up with 4 on one. I decided to go with girly things and it was fun. I loved doing this type of drawing because I like 'lines' in my drawings. They are a little wonky and crooked but it gives them character...maybe.


Hi all, sorry I haven't checked in for awhile. Looks like a lot of new art has been created and exciting things have been happening for many of you. One thing I've been busy with, besides trying to finish a very detailed landscape by the end of this month, is looking into selling a few items with some of my images on Cafepress.com. Have any of you tried selling products with your art on them on that website? It looks like products things like coffee mugs and throw pillows are nice, but how is the quality of their t-shirts, sweatshirts and framed prints? I'm a little nervous about putting some of these items in my store without knowing the quality. So if any of have seen their products in person, please let me know..Thanks! Here's what I have in it so far: http://www.cafepress.com/marilynwearsart

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Atlanta Artist Signing

    I know some of you saw these on FB. but thought I would blog it anyway.
I will catch you up...(This is a blog I did while in Atlanta)  we had issues getting home. Keri ended up staying in Dallas overnight. We flew different airlines. Probably wont do that again.  I nearly missed one flight due to delay, but I got home, stayed at Keri's and then picked her up the next day!
what fun! we went to the zoo, botanical gardens, CNN,coca cola, the varsity (place to eat)
Mary Macs tea room.. yum BEST fried chicken in Atlanta! as well as some other stuff. Anyway, I am so blessed to have a daughter who likes to travel with her mama! It was a memorable trip!
By the Way, there is no way I would ever figure out the buildings!
Oh..also, we were very impressed with the buyers. Wow! they were all dressed UP, pulling suitcases, on a mission!
Blog from last week:
I have some of my collages licensed and I got to come to Atlanta to sign copies of my VW collage. It was such fun. A great experience. Keri came with me, and we stayed over a few days.
While here I found out that Coffee City USA was here at market too so we found them. I did some art for them several years ago and he had his coffee samples there too! It was exciting to have art work on two places in the Atlanta market!
We visited the botanical gardens and CNN today. 
We will head home in a couple of days. 

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.... or at least I hope so.


"Throw it Again"

I'm baaaaaaaaaack!!  I've been a little distracted lately with family (new grand baby and stuff) but I am back in the studio preparing for a show this weekend.  Speak about last minute, I think that's my new middle name - sheeesh!  Since I haven't had time to work on my larger paintings (which are sitting on my easel staring at me) I did a couple of small, 8 x 8", watercolors to mount on studio boards and make notecards.   I usually have trouble painting greens, not sure what it is about green that I dislike, maybe because it's not red.....Mollie!  Anyway, I must be getting better because I seem to be okay with these greens .... and they are REALLY GREEN.  Here's hoping they sell!

Monday, July 21, 2014


♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you-u-u-u,♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Happy Birthday to you-u-u-u,♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday, dear Carrie ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you-u-u-u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was gone all day and nearly missed your birthday!!! I bet you did something very special in Japan to celebrate this day!!! 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

One hour quick draw today at the Art-A-Fair.

Nap Time

Nap Time 4 x 2.5" Well...here's my posting experiment. It seems to have gone through, (though it's a bit faded looking). This little bear was posing for me at the Lincoln Park Zoo a couple of years ago. I didn't get around to painting him until recently. I couldn't "BEAR" leaving him alone any longer. He's one of three miniatures I have ready for upcoming fall shows. I have a bunch on the desk too but they are not yet completed.

Piscis Walmartis ( fish at Walmart in the gold fish tank) class demo

Watercolor 13 x 9-1/2" on Arches 300# cold press.   Fun Saturday class demo at Venus Studios Art Center. Was at Walmart buying some paint brushes for my classes and walked past the fish tanks.  Had to stop and take some pix.  The Walmart logo was reflected in the glass onto the fin.  A Facebook friend gave it the title.   SOLD to the guy who named it :-}
See the entire $99 collection

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sunflowers in Old Bucket

18x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb CP, drawn yesterday from separate photos and combined into one composition. Painting was begun yesterday also, part of it, for a man who came into the studio and wanted to see how wc is done. After doing that demo, I finished it up today. The old metal bucket I got at Les' family reunion a few years ago; it had pentas in it and they died, but these sunflowers won't!
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Trouble Posting

Some are having trouble posting and if you would go to your google page and to the forum you can find answers to problems you are having. It is not something I can fix but is something only you can do. I did see back there that they had posted if you are unable to post to do:
Some things to try if you are still having problems.

1) Make sure 3rd Party Cookies are ENABLED in your Browser
2) Clear out/delete Cookies AND Cache
3) DISABLE any Addons/Extensions that you have installed in your browser.
4) Restart your Browser and check that the Addons/Extensions are still Disabled

Thursday, July 17, 2014


♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you-u-u-u,♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Happy Birthday to you-u-u-u,♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday, dear MARY ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you-u-u-u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 Hoping your day is full of sunshine and laughter!!! Have a wonderful time and HAPPY BIG 5- 0 !!!!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Need a Title??

Another mixed  media piece.  I am needing a title as I might try and put this in our upcoming art show.  Any ideas?